Day 20: Thanks to St. Bonaventure, Glenshaw, Monroeville/Penn Hills Parishes and Catholic Group #216

Did you ever have the dreaded D’s?  Doubt, Disappointment and Discouragement.

Recently the Choices pregnancy services mobile unit came downtown and one of regular sidewalk advocates mentioned his disappointment that no one had allowed us to escort them to mobile unit nor gone in for some time vs going into pp.

Don’t we all wonder if we are making a difference?  Do people see us?  Does God hear our prayers?

Well the advocate’s disappointment didn’t last long as a couple stopped to talk and the went into the mobile unit. Then later a woman walking towards pp with the intention to go in stopped to talk with the same sidewalk advocate.  She wanted real help. After talking with her and telling her about all the help and support available she agreed to go into the mobile unit.  Along the way she told the advocate that God has sent them to be there for her when she was so in need.

Later we chuckled as we have had several experiences over the years when doubt, disappointment and discouragement had crept in.  And then God steps in to show us HE is there for us.  And while not being disrespectful, we joking look up and say “show off”.  And one of us is always quick to say “Oh ye of little faith”.

Have faith.  TRUST is greater than the 3 D’s. We get noticed.  We make a difference.  We with God’s help save lives and souls.  Peace and joy. Tim

Here are reports from today at the vigil starting with Sue 7-9 am:

“It was freeeeezing! I didn’t think I would need my parka, so I just wore a light jacket and brought a hat….but decided to leave the hat in the car cause I thought I was over-doing it a little. ‘couda used the hat!!! oh yeah, I cracked open a package of hand warmers too! The first picture is shift Buddy Rose and I with our hoods up because the wind tunnel was active! Second picture is Sandy, Thao and Dean with Rose in the distant background on the other side of the circle! It was a chilly morning for sure, but first shift that it has not rained! Diane and Tom met us with all the materials, can’t wait to see what Diane has thought up for the next time it rains…she said it inspired by an idea Rose mentioned last week!! Rose and I stood on one side of the circle and Thao on the other. We prayed and Rose handed out many 40 DFL brochures. Shout out to Dean and Sandy who responded to the request for additional help…it was fairly quiet with the usual foot traffic and workers entering planned parenthood. As Fr. Chris said at the kickoff mass, I remembered to offer my time and prayers for the soul that has been entrusted to me for these 40 days. Thank you, Sue ”

From Rose S. also 7-9:

I just came from the morning and read the quote that Sally had

said last year when she was pushed over, “I felt like a feather falling…”

During our prayer this morning I saw a small feather fall right into the

circle and thought of Sally…what a Sign !

From Ginny 9-11: Fr. John and Saint Bonaventure parish was praying together today. It was very quiet and no problems. It was the best weather for this shift this campaign. We said a rosary and a Divine Mercy Chaplet

From Donna 11-1: It was a chilly day today. We thought it would be quiet because of Columbus Day but there were a lot of people out and about. Some prayer warriors prayed the rosary and others prayed quietly and handed out pamphlets and cards and greeted those who walked by. Some positive and negative comments. The usual head shaking and eye rolls, sad but a lot of people seem so angry. We had some thumbs up too and others share that they are pro life too. 
Lord we pray that you would bind the enemy and remove the stronghold he has on our city. We boldly pray that this modern day holocaust of abortion will end in our city our country and our world.  Empower and fill us with your Spirit and give us Your strength to persevere. In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Blessings For Life,
Donna

Here is from Peter 3-5 pm: Steve from St Thomas More joined Marie and myself for our first hour on this beautiful day.  We prayed the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Jim, a regular, also stopped down.  Katie and her son Nick joined us for most of the 2nd hour as they created a colorful sidewalk statement.  It’s a true blessing each of us is gifted in different ways to communicate with others. Overall the shift was fairly peaceful with some positive comments and smiles, especially for the artwork. -Pete

4 thoughts on “Day 20: Thanks to St. Bonaventure, Glenshaw, Monroeville/Penn Hills Parishes and Catholic Group #216

  • October 14, 2019 at 9:51 pm
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    That feather was definitely Sally letting us know she is here and we are not alone. God is with us. Awesome reminders. Bless all who pray. Stay strong in the Lord.

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  • October 14, 2019 at 9:51 pm
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    Always love your sidewalk messages, Katie. You are an inspiration.

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  • October 14, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    The feather falling into the circle gave me goosebumps. Thank you Lord for this sign from Sally. May she rest in peace.

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  • October 15, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    Nice reflection, Tim. Good to remember.

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